Nicaragua plans canal across Central America

Planners say project will lift the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere out of poverty.

    Nicaragua has signed an agreement with a Chinese company for a $30bn canal between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is looking for foreign investment from Brazil, China, Russia and Venezuela to help build the waterway as an alternative to the Panama Canal.

    For more than 150 years, the country has looked to build a canal across Central America but has never been able to get the project off the ground.

    Planners there say the project would lift Nicaragua - the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - out of poverty.

    Al Jazeera's Adam Raney reports from San Juan del Norte, a town on Nicaragua's coast that could see big benefits.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.